Cougars win seventh-place game at Midway
An otherwise tough week ended on a high note for the Crest Ridge Cougars as they defeated Kansas City Lutheran 54-50 in the seventh-place game in the Midway Invitational Friday.
The game was close throughout most of the 32 minutes, but the Cougars did gain a slight upper hand by halftime by breaking a 13-13 tie after the first quarter with a 7-3 second-quarter spurt.
The Knights crept within 29-27 before a wide-open, run-and-gun fourth quarter where the offenses opened up.
Garrett Hoeper hit a three-pointer and scored 12 of his game- and career-high 25 points in the final stanza.
Courter said one of the Knights' players was important to hold in check.
"Easton Aspegren can really score for them," Courter said. "He had 23 versus Lone Jack, 33 versus Midway, 27 versus Wellington and 51 versus Frontier earlier this year."
Austin Summitt and Donald each had nine points for the Cougars.
The Cougars had a shot to play for the consolation trophy, but they dropped a 72-70 overtime decision to Christian Prep of Kansas City in the consolation semifinal round.
Despite the loss, Courter pointed to the second half and overtime as important for the Cougars.
The Cougars held a 15-11 lead after the first quarter but were hurt by a four-point second quarter and trailed 25-19 at the break.
Christian Prep seemed to take control in the third quarter as an 18-14 spree gave them a 43-33 edge.
The game changed again in the extra session. Hoeper hit a layup to make it 71-70 with eight seconds left in OT. The Cougars fouled on the inbound pass with four secs left.
Christian Prep's Steve Dorsett missed the first and made the second charity to go up 72-70.
Donald poured in a career-best 19 points. Hoeper also had 19 points and Summitt 18 for the Cougars.